Chen-ou Liu's Translation Project: First English-Chinese Haiku and Tanka Blog

Thursday, June 6, 2024

War of Ghostly Pasts Tanka

midnight thunder
deafening as metal sheets
across the sky ...
again my father fights
his war of ghostly pasts


War is a bloody, killing business. You’ve got to spill their blood, or they will spill yours. 

-- General George S. Patton's speech, given ahead of the Allied invasion

War is the most striking instance of the failure of intelligence to master the problem of human relationships.

-- Harry Elmer Barnes

For more, see Special Feature: "Selected Poems for Reflections on D-Day's 80th Anniversary"


the rusty door
of grandpa's backyard bunker ...
D-Day news on mute